The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Trump administration’s request to halt the census count while an appeal plays out in a lower court.The emergency order comes a week after a California-based federal appeals court denied a request from the administration to reverse a lower court’s order requiring the count to continue through October rather than reinstate the administration’s since-passed Oct. 5 deadline.Justice Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorThe Supreme Court punts, once again, in census ruling Justices side with religious challenges to health limits in Colorado, New Jersey Supreme Court sees new requests for religious COVID-19 carve-outs MORE, in her dissent, wrote that “the harms caused by rushing this year’s census count are irreparable.”ADVERTISEMENTThe other justices did not disclose their votes or explain their reasoning, as is often the case with emergency orders.In their filing last week, administration officials told the justices that the shorter window is necessary to allow the Commerce Department to wrap up operations in time to meet its end-of-year deadline to report the results to the White House.But critics say the move risks undercounting minority populations composed of both documented and undocumented immigrants.Last Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the administration’s… Read full this story
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